It's been quite painting-wise these past couple of months. Recently I've been working on some Microworld Games TEF Growlers for EpiComp. I had originally intended to camo them yellow and green, but ended up going with this scheme instead on a whim. I think they came out alright, and it gave me a bit of practice with my airbrush. I'm not sure how time I saved using it though.
A mid-week update since September was so lacking. The Rangers are finished with the paint table. With any luck I should be able to get them sealed and based up by Friday for another picture.
In the end I went with coonskin caps...
fancy deep red renaissance hats...
and not umpire hats and straw boaters. :P
I've been slacking on the painting and the updating but managed to get in some serious progress this week. All that's left on the Rangers is to touch-up the hair, redo the weapon metal (I don't like how it came out) and do the hats. To that end, does anyone know what these various kinds of hats are called/know of some good pictures for inspiration?
This guy looks like he belongs in a Devo video...
This looks like some kind of foppish Renaissance hat?
No idea on the guy on the left, for the right a Keffiyeh?
This guy looks like he's a baseball umpire.
And this appears to be a straw boater...
I got the metal basecoated and washed this week, next week I'll be highlighting it and putting down the basecoat for the cloth and maybe the leather/wood.
Question for people, under what I'm taking to be the breast plate there's a small raised line. What do people think it is, part of the armor or a belt?
I started in on the Dwarf Rangers this week. I got basecoats for their flesh and hair done, as well as a wash on both of those. These guys are pretty much all beard so that's a bit more painting than it sounds like.
Before I highlight these I think I'm going to work on the armor and clothing first, as the beards are higher up. Doing it the other way around will just make for more touch-up work.
The Dwarves are now all primed up and ready for some paint (I'm leaning towards a light grey and blue scheme). I'll either be embarking down that road next or painting up the MoW Empire fleet. Not sure which as of yet.
As with my Elf command strips I did a little bit of conversion on the banners. A friend at my FLGS gave me some Warhammer Dwarf shield icons and I turned them into banner tops.
Work continues on the Dwarves. I finished cleaning up the half-naked Troll Slayers this week. These will be a hoot to paint, maybe I can try for some tattoos on them.
Also, this is my "Dragon Slayer" hero. The idea is that he'll be being "held back" by his two minders until he's allowed to jump in the fray (the other dwarves get upset when he kills everything before they can get a chance).
And this in my Rune Priest, sans anvil. Just some weapon swaps here.
I also managed to finish building my artillery. I learned from the High Elf bolt throwers that it'll be easier to paint the crew on the base, base it and then add the cannon on later.
Same goes for the Flame Cannons. These came with an extra bit that looked like one of Wile E. Coyote's Acme dynamite detonators. I have no idea where it was supposed to go (even after looking at pics of the 28mm Flame Cannon) so I left it off.
Finally, the Gy
nocopters are all set as well. I used clear acrylic rods to base them.
Also, a bit of progress on the MoW stuff. I tried out my Iron Fist conversion using a War Galley. It still needs some putty work but I think it looks a lot better than the stock one. I also got a type cog out of the deal too!
I've been waffling between a bunch of projects lately so progress is sporadic. I have started bulding my Dwarves though, they've been easy to bring along and prep the last month or so. These are my Rangers, I managed to separate all the models from one-another so I can stagger them on the bases and make them look a little more skirmishy.
The Thunderers are all set too, and since I had some room on the strips I added two heroes and my general to them.
The general's just a regular hero with a weapon swap, guarded by the halberdiers from the Throne of Power pack.
The heroes are a "Warrior hero" and a "Thunderer hero". I've also got parts to do a "Dragonslayer hero".
I'm also been working on an Empire fleet for Man O' War. I've built most of the ships at this point, all that's left are some Iron Fists (which I plan to convert as the lack of oars on the model bugs me) and the masts.
I also made bases for them using wood putty, plastic card and washers (to help them slide easier on the table top). In true Dave form I painted one up, liked it, and tried to do the other but couldn't get them to the same point. So I'm starting again on them all and doing them all at the same time.
So here's what I've been working on in secret this past month, a birthday present for my buddy Matt. Matt has an Emperor's Children army loaded with various double innuendos, sexual entendres and sketchy vans. One of the things lacking however are the various cult troops. Now he has Noisemarines but never bothered painting the others as they don't really fit the fluff. I set out to rectify the situation by creating some Slaanesh influenced cult troopers.
Essentially these Marines are part of the Cult Marine Exchange Program. After a brief stay with the Emperor's Children however none of the parent legions wanted any of their troops back for various reasons eluded to below.
The Khorne Berzerkers that found their way into the EC were denied re-entrance into the World Eaters Legion because their fellow legionaries found their ball gags and dominance issues more than a little disturbing, that and they didn't even know where to start with the assless chaps... This suited the newly renamed S&M Berzerkers of Slaanesh just fine as the concept of the "safe-word" that the World Eaters were trying to introduce to them was frankly too confusing.
The Plaguemarines of Nurgle were denied re-admittance to the Deathguard for fear that the various strains of herpes and the clap that they brought with them would decimate legion morale and require too many raids on cranberry agri-worlds. The STD Plaguemarines of Slaanesh returned to the EC where resistance to such infections is higher.
The sorcerers of the Thousand Sons that came by to pick up the exchange Rubric Marines simply left in disgust. Apparently there was a mix up in the shipping department when the Rubric Marines arrived and their container was mistaken for one filled with sex dolls for the legionaries. Apparently the new paint jobs and modifications the EC fitted the suits with was beyond the sorcerers' tenets of good taste...
In an attempt to rectify the situation the EC fashioned some nice Tzeentch blue speedos for the suits and tried to return them to the Thousand Sons. The offer was politely denied by the Sons however as the amount of cleaning the suits would have to endure wasn't cost effective for the legion. The EC ended up keeping the suits and dubbed them the Thousand Sex Dolls.
NEAT V only saw 10 people as are regular opponents from New Hampshire and Pennsylvania weren't able to make it this year. The local diehards still got together though to roll some dice and battle it out for the coveted Dice of Dave and bragging rights for the following year.
A battle report from last night's game. Space Marines and Imperial Guardsmen went head-to-head in preparation for this weekend's Northeast Epic Armageddon Tournament at the Time Machine in Manchester, CT.
Slow week this week. Most of June is going to be slow in the painting department. Here's some Seaguard that I'm working on. I'm got to put a quiver on the guy ion the left, and fill in some undercut areas but I think this will get the idea across. I'm also thinking of doing something special with the helmet.
Here's a musician and standard bearer I'm working on too. Since I only have one of each of these guys I think I'm going to make them Swordmaster command first.
I actually finished Eagon up a week or two ago, but couldn't find any Dullcote until yesterday to finish him up. He's all set to go now though. The eagles are proving more difficult as I can't decide on a good way to paint them.
A tiny update, I've got the eagles based up and ready for painting. I used a 1/16" acrylic rod for the flight stands, and despite covering them up while painting the bases I still got some paint on a few of them. I'm planning on painting them like Golden Eagles, we'll see how that goes next week.
I finished my 2,000 points of High Elves this past week, putting the last few tufts on the bases this Monday. I took some army shots last night and put up a gallery which is linked below. Next up is Eagon and the Eagles, and after that who knows? Probably more Epic.
So what did I do this past week? If you guessed "Paint Eagon" you are wrong. If you guessed "Base your army and give yourself Flock Lung" that is correct... I'm not done yet, I still have to get the tufts on the Spearmen, Silverhelms, Reavers and characters, but I got the flock on and glued twice on the whole army.
Despite what inhaling the stuff may have done to my respiratory health I really like what the Army Painter Green Flock did for the bases. It's grainier that the Woodland Scenics stuff (which I could never get to look right) and works better as thick grass in 10mm I think.
The Archers, Chariots and Bolt Throwers are completely done at this point. As an FYI I'd recommend putting down the flock first then the tufts. I did it the otherway with these and it took a few minutes to get all of the flock worked out of the tufts.